Appalachian State University's Department of Theatre and Dance will premiere seven original dance works during the Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble (FADE) Nov. 16-19 at 7 p.m. in Valborg Theatre on the university campus. Ticket prices are $10 for students and $17 for adults.
The 2016 FADE includes faculty pieces by Laurie Atkins, Emily Daughtridge, Susan Lutz and Sherone Price that focus on themes of kindness and compassion, listening to others' stories, how clothes can make us feel, act and move differently and a piece about social justice, which uses both African and contemporary dance vocabulary.
The ensemble also includes three works by student choreographers Kathryn Wrenn, a junior public relations major from Fuquay-Varina, Phillip McRorie, a junior dance studies/recreation management double major from Kannapolis, and senior dance studies major Lucy Winsett from Hickory. The students' works explore themes of energy its forms, apathy and the process of overcoming it and cell division.
The lighting design team for the concert includes junior theatre design/technology majors Lizzy Vasquez from Orlando, Florida, and Tim Travis from Raleigh, who worked with Associate Professor John Marty to create original lighting designs for each piece. Professor Sue Williams is the costume designer.
"As one who teaches classes that support the arts, I recognize that some audience members will be first-time viewers of the art form. Some think that performing is easy, that we 'just' dance," remarked Associate Professor of Dance Studies Sherone Price when asked about the goals of FADE. "I hope that they'll see the difficulty, but also the beauty of dance."
Tickets for FADE are available in person at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts box office Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., by phone at 828-262-4046, at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m. and at http://theatreanddance.appstate.edu.
Valborg Theatre is located on campus at the north side of Chapell Wilson Hall on Howard Street in Boone. The theatre entrance faces the back of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on King Street. Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty/staff lots and after 5:30 p.m. in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.